The Marlborough under-12 football team wound up their Friendship Games (Japan Cup) programme with two contrasting draws in Timaru on Thursday.
In their first playoff match they met South Canterbury Black and got off to a flying start. Two early goals to Hamish Turner, set up by Ryan Clemmet and Cade Vercoe respectively, made it 2-0 before Henry Turner added a third before the break.
But the second half was a different story as South Canterbury fought back, scoring three unanswered goals to snatch a draw.
In their final game Marlborough faced Nelson White.
A flat start saw Nelson score after just 30 seconds but Marlborough equalised 10 minutes later after Ruby Smith pressured a defender into scoring an own goal from a cross by Turner.
Nelson regained the lead not long after. Keeper Aaron Lambert saved an initial shot, but the resultant clearance fell directly to a Nelson attacker who scored to make the halftime scoreline 2-1 to the Nelson team.
Although Nelson dominated the second half Marlborough slowly started to get more ball and territory and the equaliser came from a cross from the left that fell to Smith who latched on to it with her left foot.
The team's next assignment is the upcoming Gavin Roberts Tournament in October at Renwick.
- The Marlborough Express
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